Internet of Things: Small Devices, Big Consequences
February 5, 2019 by Bill Rosenthal

Consider the holiday season of 2018: chances are that you or someone you know received a smart device of some sort. From Amazon’s Alexa to smart doorbells and smart watches, millions of smart “Internet of Things” devices were sold in just the last few months in both the professional and personal world. The global number of these Internet of Things devices is even quickly reaching the tens of billions.

As a society, if we continue to purchase these seemingly simple devices without truly understanding their potential consequences, we are in for a rude cybersecurity awakening. Although these devices are creating a simplified and more interconnected world, they are also creating dangerous vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and threats due to a lack of any real security protections. When accessed by hackers, these devices can be turned into a network of tiny computers used for spying or accessing data known as “botnets.”Botnets are notorious in the world of cybersecurity due to their versatile ability to wreak havoc in a multitude of ways. From their ability to send massive amounts of spam mail to actually disrupting websites themselves, botnets are a favorite of hackers around the world. They are typically comprised of laptop or desktop computers, but the Internet of Things has allowed for exponential growth thanks to unsecured devices. Everything from webcams and smartphones to doorbells and industrial sensors, botnet networks can be comprised of nearly any smart device in your home or office. 

In the case of cybersecurity, the Internet of Things has as many vulnerabilities as it has opportunities for use. This includes weak passwords, unencrypted communication, and non-secure website interfaces. The volume of each product in use every day also makes for a hacker’s paradise with targets just waiting to be accessed. 

With this being said, the Internet of Things is only expected to grow in popularity and use in the coming years – which means that businesses must learn how to handle them in the workplace as to not compromise their own cybersecurity. In order to protect private data, organizations must put rules in place when it comes to using these vulnerable devices in the office.

By empowering IT employees with the knowledge to safely handle these devices, companies will be able to trust IT professionals to handle unique IoT ecosystems. At Logical Operations, we are proud to offer the CertNexus Certified Internet of Things Practitionertraining and certification to help businesses build up the skillsets of their IT professionals. Learn more and purchase your courseware here!